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OPG and Lac Seul First Nation celebrate 5 years of partnership


February 20, 2014
By Alyssa Dalton


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February 20, 2014 – Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Lac Seul First Nation (LSFN) are celebrating the fifth anniversary of their commercial partnership in Obishikokaang Waasiganikewigamig / Lac Seul Generating Station. The 12MW hydroelectric generating station located in Ear Falls, Ont., began operations on February 18, 2009.

“For five years, this partnership has provided our community with a source of revenue that has enabled us to create economic opportunities, joint ventures, and training programs that have enhanced Lac Seul First Nation’s ability to move forward‎ down the road to self sufficiency and self determination,” said Chief Clifford Bull.

In November 2006, OPG and LSFN signed an agreement that resolved past impacts in the Lac Seul First Nation traditional territory and provided the opportunity for establishing a commercial relationship with the intent to benefit both parties.

Describing the partnership as the first of its kind, energy minister Bob Chiarelli called the project an “excellent example” of how First Nation and Métis communities can participate in the energy sector. “Waterpower has long played an important role in the history of this province,” he added.